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Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub | Hello Natural
Here’s another gorgeous natural scrub from the folks at Hello Natural - and perfect for those of you who are addicted to a certain pumpkin spice drink that comes but once a year! There’s something warm and comforting about pumpkin spice, and you’ll feel even better knowing that all the good stuff in the scrub is working wonders on your skin!

Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub | Hello Natural

Here’s another gorgeous natural scrub from the folks at Hello Natural - and perfect for those of you who are addicted to a certain pumpkin spice drink that comes but once a year! There’s something warm and comforting about pumpkin spice, and you’ll feel even better knowing that all the good stuff in the scrub is working wonders on your skin!

Marzipan Body Scrub | Kittenhood
My dad loves marzipan so he knows it is the one sweet he can buy without me asking for a bite. But even though I don’t like eating it, I love the smell of it. Sweet and almondy. This scrub is super sweet and easy to create, and apart from the almond essential oil I bet you have the rest of the ingredients in your cupboard. Just try not to eat it, it will be much better on your skin!

Marzipan Body Scrub | Kittenhood

My dad loves marzipan so he knows it is the one sweet he can buy without me asking for a bite. But even though I don’t like eating it, I love the smell of it. Sweet and almondy. This scrub is super sweet and easy to create, and apart from the almond essential oil I bet you have the rest of the ingredients in your cupboard. Just try not to eat it, it will be much better on your skin!

Geranium Pink Sea Salt Scrub | Freut Cake
DIY scrubs are one of the easiest beauty products to make. They generally require only a few products (which are generally quite cheap) and depending on the ingredients used, will give your skin some lovin’. Not only does geranium oil smell incredible, it’s also great for insomnia and promoting emotional stability. So if you have trouble sleeping, try starting a routine of a warm bath before bed, scrubbing down with this lovely salt mix before climbing in to bed!

Geranium Pink Sea Salt Scrub | Freut Cake

DIY scrubs are one of the easiest beauty products to make. They generally require only a few products (which are generally quite cheap) and depending on the ingredients used, will give your skin some lovin’. Not only does geranium oil smell incredible, it’s also great for insomnia and promoting emotional stability. So if you have trouble sleeping, try starting a routine of a warm bath before bed, scrubbing down with this lovely salt mix before climbing in to bed!

Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal
Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)
This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.
Ingredients:
400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
1 tsp activated charcoal
Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)

Equipment:
Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
Clean knife and chopping board
Small jug
Spoon
Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre

1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug
2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!
3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.
4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.
5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.
5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.
6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.
7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.
8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.

Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!
I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).
I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.

Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal

Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)

This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.

Ingredients:

  • 400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
  • 3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
  • 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)

Equipment:

  • Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
  • Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean knife and chopping board
  • Small jug
  • Spoon
  • Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
  • Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre

1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug

2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!

3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.

4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.

5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.

5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.

6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.

7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.

8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.

Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!

I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).

I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.

Natural Rosemary & Mint Shampoo | Soap Deli News
If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!

Natural Rosemary & Mint Shampoo | Soap Deli News

If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!

Lash Conditioning Serum | Henry Happened
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as eyelash conditioning serum! But then again, I’m a bit of a makeup novice. After a bit of research, I discovered two things: eyelash serum is great for reducing breakages and increasing lash length. And two, eyelash serum can be ridiculously expensive (especially if they put ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in the name!). This eyelash serum only has two ingredients in it, and that’s about as simple and natural as you can get. So if you’re looking to increase the length and health of your eye-batters, mix this up and get to using it today!

Lash Conditioning Serum | Henry Happened

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as eyelash conditioning serum! But then again, I’m a bit of a makeup novice. After a bit of research, I discovered two things: eyelash serum is great for reducing breakages and increasing lash length. And two, eyelash serum can be ridiculously expensive (especially if they put ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in the name!). This eyelash serum only has two ingredients in it, and that’s about as simple and natural as you can get. So if you’re looking to increase the length and health of your eye-batters, mix this up and get to using it today!

Hair Chalk Inspiration | Brit + Co

Brit + Co has a great round up of hair chalk styles that is sure to get your creative juices going! Hair chalk is a great alternative to dyeing (and less risk of it all going pear shaped when you wash your hair!) and it means you can change up your style each day. Hair chalk is so easy to find these days - they even have it at Woolworths if you’re in Australia - and some brands are actually really good on dark hair too! I love the bottom pic, it’s very girly and somewhat how I think a mermaid would have her hair. Click through for even more inspiration, including darker hair pics!

Sizzling Summer Hair | SoapQueen

Argan Oil Shampoo - Leave In Argan Oil Conditioner - Pink Sea Salt Beach Spray

I know I have been notably absent recently - I’ve been busy researching for my new stall at the end of the year - going back to my first love of soaping! I have read through basically the whole of the SoapQueen blog, which is run by the founder of Bramble Berry, my favourite soap & beauty product supplier. I thought y’all would love these projects for lovely hair - shampoo & conditioner with nourishing argan oil and sea salt spray to give you nice beachy waves. You will need to (probably) buy some supplies to make these, but SoapQueen has a great feature on each post to add all the ingredients to a cart on the Bramble Berry website.

Refreshing Face Mists | Design Love Fest
One of my all time favourite beauty products is the Rosewater Balancing Mist by SA brand Jurlique. It feels so beautiful on your skin… which is good because it’s really pricey! DLF has a very similar mist which, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients, is still really similar to the Jurlique with a gorgeous blend of rosewater and witch hazel, and I can make quite a few bottles for the same price! There’s also recipes for two other sprays - Cool Down & Sleep Tight. Download the free labels and make your own!

Refreshing Face Mists | Design Love Fest

One of my all time favourite beauty products is the Rosewater Balancing Mist by SA brand Jurlique. It feels so beautiful on your skin… which is good because it’s really pricey! DLF has a very similar mist which, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients, is still really similar to the Jurlique with a gorgeous blend of rosewater and witch hazel, and I can make quite a few bottles for the same price! There’s also recipes for two other sprays - Cool Down & Sleep Tight. Download the free labels and make your own!

Natural Bug Bite Balm | Henry Happened
I know it’s Summer up there in the North and with Summer comes the bugs. The small, noisy, biting bugs that drive you mad when you’re trying to share their great outdoors! I don’t really like bug spray, but I do think you need something to protect yourself. This natural bug balm is great because the whole family can use it and it’s not going to offend sensitive noses. All of the ingredients should be able to be purchased on eBay or soap suppliers online.

Natural Bug Bite Balm | Henry Happened

I know it’s Summer up there in the North and with Summer comes the bugs. The small, noisy, biting bugs that drive you mad when you’re trying to share their great outdoors! I don’t really like bug spray, but I do think you need something to protect yourself. This natural bug balm is great because the whole family can use it and it’s not going to offend sensitive noses. All of the ingredients should be able to be purchased on eBay or soap suppliers online.

Charcoal & Rose Clay Spa Bar | Soap Queen
Are there any other soapers out there reading my blog?! Hello to you! I used to love making soap but stopped when I got in to jewelry making. Now I’ve decided to pick it back up again (and hopefully sell some at my annual December stall!) and I’ve been searching for fun recipes. The Soap Queen is one of my favourite blogs because she is great at explaining every step and has great tips. Apparently charcoal and rose clay are great for purifying and cleansing, and the fact that this recipe uses melt & pour soap means this is a great beginner recipe. And even better - just click on the link in the recipe and it will add all the ingredients you need on the Bramble Berry website (you lucky Americans!). This would be a beautiful gift soap - I know I would love a bar!

Charcoal & Rose Clay Spa Bar | Soap Queen

Are there any other soapers out there reading my blog?! Hello to you! I used to love making soap but stopped when I got in to jewelry making. Now I’ve decided to pick it back up again (and hopefully sell some at my annual December stall!) and I’ve been searching for fun recipes. The Soap Queen is one of my favourite blogs because she is great at explaining every step and has great tips. Apparently charcoal and rose clay are great for purifying and cleansing, and the fact that this recipe uses melt & pour soap means this is a great beginner recipe. And even better - just click on the link in the recipe and it will add all the ingredients you need on the Bramble Berry website (you lucky Americans!). This would be a beautiful gift soap - I know I would love a bar!

5 Gorgeous ‘Dos For Cycling Chicks | Refinery 29

Regardless of whether you’re a casual bike rider or a every day cyclist, if you wear a helmet you’ll know the horror of helmet hair! Well here are 5 gorgeous hairstyles that you can easily create and have confidence that after your ride your hair will still look fab (in fact, these are great to try even if you have never ridden a bike in your life!)

6 Hair Products You Should Always + Never DIY | Brit + Co
Though I’m always encouraging people to DIY instead of buy, there are some instances where I encourage people to definitely buy! Especially when it comes to anything you put in/on your body. Whilst there are tons of great beauty DIYs out there, sometimes it pays to purchase instead of create - not only will you save money, but time, frustration and a potential health hazard! Brit + Co goes through 6 products - some are great to whip up in your kitchen and some you should check out your local store for (I think I might have to make some Lavender Lava Spray for my hair!)

6 Hair Products You Should Always + Never DIY | Brit + Co

Though I’m always encouraging people to DIY instead of buy, there are some instances where I encourage people to definitely buy! Especially when it comes to anything you put in/on your body. Whilst there are tons of great beauty DIYs out there, sometimes it pays to purchase instead of create - not only will you save money, but time, frustration and a potential health hazard! Brit + Co goes through 6 products - some are great to whip up in your kitchen and some you should check out your local store for (I think I might have to make some Lavender Lava Spray for my hair!)

Natural Lip Scrub | Wonder Forest
I am a huge fan of lipsticks - particularly MAC ones (,y all time favourite is Rebel, which I was recommended by my friend Chelsea!) But the thing with rich, creamy lipstick is that if you put it on dry, chapped lips it completely ruins the look! So I’ve whipped up some of this natural lip balm - you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard already! - and I’m applying it after I’ve brushed my teeth to give my lips a nice smooth base before I pop on my lippy. If you have any left over make a few extra tubs for friends & family!

Natural Lip Scrub | Wonder Forest

I am a huge fan of lipsticks - particularly MAC ones (,y all time favourite is Rebel, which I was recommended by my friend Chelsea!) But the thing with rich, creamy lipstick is that if you put it on dry, chapped lips it completely ruins the look! So I’ve whipped up some of this natural lip balm - you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard already! - and I’m applying it after I’ve brushed my teeth to give my lips a nice smooth base before I pop on my lippy. If you have any left over make a few extra tubs for friends & family!